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. the commonwealth has seen a sluggish economy and officials are worried that if a deal doesn't happen on the hill, we'll plunge the nation and virginia back into a recession. with federal cuts of 9% on the horizon, republican governor bob mcdonnell is not taking any chances. he's telling agencies to prepare now for 4% budget cuts and people say that this could be felt across the board in many respects in a way this region has never felt. the nation will be watching as the president will reach across the aisle and we could feel the impacts of the -- the deep impacts next year in virginia. funds from transportation and education could be the first to fall. so no time for mr. obama to celebrate instead the president has to go straight to work. he's expected to speak at 1:00 from the east room of the white house to quote talk about the action we need to take to keep our economy growing and reduce our deficit. and andrea and mike, the phase fiscal cliff, we could hear that a lot in the days and weeks to come. live on capitol hill. ko im, 9news now. >> thank you ko. >>> in other news, a bus driver who
cuts that could cripple the local and national economy in order to reduce the deficit. president barack obama is inviting leaders from the labor and business communities to the white house this week for talks. the president and bipartisan congressional leaders will hold their first fiscal cliff meeting on friday. >>> if you're looking to add fiber to your diet, you probably reach for fruits, vegetables, whole grains, that kind of thing. in japan you can now reach for a pepsi cola. pepsi will launch a version of its namesake cola with a flat blocking fiber. in japan, the drink is being called pepsi special. believe it or not, this is not the first drink in japan that has fiber in it. >> who knew. i wonder if it tastes any good. >> look do you have for us in the next half-hour? >> coach to 5k, the wrapup edition. we're going to talk about it. >> good. >>> dozens of people had to evacuate their neighborhood after a house explosion. >> now it appears some of them will have to rebuild from scratch. more on that next. >> plus, after being on medical leave for months, congressman jesse jackson
to our economy. monika? >> southbound 270 the lanes are open, no issues to report. 109 to 121, and down to the split. more news, weather and traffic coming up at 5:30. you're watching 9news now. >>> good morning, happy thursday. welcome back to 9news now. i'm andrea roane. >> and i'm mike hydeck, do you feel lucky because you should. especially if you look at the video from up north. thank you for joining us. good to see you. mr. bernstein? >> you know there are people who like snow and don't feel lucky because they didn't get it. >> well i mean as far as travel is concerned. let's keep et in the mountains so we can just ski. >> as far as what was happening before the snow fell. >> it's adding insult and misery to an already ravaged area across areas of new jersey, long island and up into new england right now where the snow's really been coming down heavily since yesterday afternoon. around here we had a couple of flakes a little sleet. a couple of sprinkles. st that it for the nor ester. it miss -- nor'easter. it missed us north and east. this happens a lot of times in the d.c. area.
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